ICANN reveals plan for ending America's control of the internet2015-08-05 10:14 by Daniela
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers has released a proposal to no longer be under U.S. control. Under the plan, ICANN would create a separate legal entity that would be contracted to handle key technical functions of the online address system.
Though it's called the "world wide web," the US Commerce Department has been responsible for the internet since its inception in the '90s. Last year, it agreed to hand them over to worldwide bodies and asked ICANN to come up with a plan. ICANN unveiled the much anticipated report yesterday, and now the public can comment on it until September 8th.
The proposal suggests that the role played by the US government be replaced by ICANN itself, an oversight committee and a review process involving many interested parties, none of which are governments or inter-governmental organisations.
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